My husband and I have read glowing accounts of the Inn at Cedar Falls ever since it opened (25 years ago?), but we only recently made our first visit. It won't be our last.
We spent two nights in a second floor Inn room, and since it was a midweek, midwinter visit, there didn't seem to be any other guests in the Inn rooms (others were staying in cottages or cabins), so we had absolute peace and quiet. On our first evening we looked out one of our room windows to see a fox on the prowl in the adjacent meadow! The room was perfectly adequate - a VERY comfy queen-sized bed, a small desk and upright chair, two upholstered chairs, a freestanding fireplace/heater, a window unit for heat and A/C (the latter not an issue in February!), and a small refrigerator. Each afternoon there were a couple of Inn-baked cookies waiting for us on the desk (peanut butter one day, sugar cookies the next).
Inn rooms, such as the one we stayed in, are not in the same building as the dining room and lounge, but behind it and up a hill in a large, barn-like building of their own. I can believe that, as an earlier reviewer said, the soundproofing between the rooms is not very effective, but since we had no neighbors during our stay, noise was not an issue. If we return in a busier period, we'll probably choose a cottage for silence and privacy, but in foul weather we were happy to have only a short walk to the dining room.
The included breakfast, available only to Inn guests, is . . . simply wonderful. It begins with a help-yourself buffet of fruit, yogurt, and homemade granola. Then there is a choice among three hot options: eggs (prepared however you like), steel-cut oats, or a daily special (for us it was excellent quiche one day and heavenly pancakes with maple syrup the next), each served with a couple of sides of the diner's choice. Really terrific.
Dinner is by reservation only, and open to the general public. In winter months dinner is not served every night of the week, which influenced when we scheduled our stay since we intended to eat dinner at the Inn both nights, and I'd rate our meals as very good - outstanding in some parts but not all. Over our two nights we tried two salads (just fine); a scrumptious, spicy black-bean soup; a very interesting appetizer of naan (Indian flatbread) with caramelized onions, apples, and I don't remember what else (messy to eat but yummy); and 3 different entrees. My husband had a chicken breast with sage, fennel, caramelized onions served atop sweet potato gnocchi, and I could have happily eaten a bowl of the sauce with a spoon! The chicken breast was overcooked in its thin end, OK in the thicker part. My scallop dish was good, but for the price three diver scallops seemed a bit skimpy, and they were slightly over-seared. The pumpkin ravioli, though, was absolutely fabulous. I don't remember what all was in it - at least sage, nuts, and dried cranberries - (and the winter menu is no longer posted online for my reference), but both of us were in heaven eating it.
Desserts were fine - there was an excellent flourless chocolate cake (more like a chocolate paté), a tasty fruit cobbler served warm with ice cream, and a rum/raisin creme brulee that tasted very good but lacked the expected smooth texture (perhaps it had reached too high a temperature at some point). The wine list is ample with several good options by the glass, and there are various other alcoholic options we didn't explore at all.
Service at both breakfast and dinner was truly friendly and efficient, which made for a lovely atmosphere, as did the rambling rustic building, which, beyond the tavern and dining spaces includes the inviting Fireside Lounge as well as a meeting room at the far end.
I was impressed by the items available in the gift shop and bought several things that had been made locally - although I'm usually not much of a shopper. Both my husband and I also had massages at the beautifully-sited spa, which we enjoyed, particularly after hiking through the spectacular icy winterscape of Old Man's Cave and the Grandma Gatewood trail. Throughout our stay, every staff member we encountered was friendly and helpful. Unlike the experience of a previous reviewer, we were asked upon arrival if we needed help with our luggage.
Be aware that except for a few handicapped spaces, parking for the Inn rooms (as opposed to the cottages or cabins) and restaurant is located on the other side of State Route 374, and the unpaved parking lot can be messy and muddy in rain or snow. But, after all, this is a rustic area in one of the state's most naturally scenic and rugged areas, so one deals with the topographic limitations! There are beautiful, easy walks in the area as well as more extensive hikes within just a few minutes' drive of the Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A hearty breakfast is included with every stay. Enjoy a fine dining experience in a relaxed setting after a long hike in the Hocking Hills. The restaurant is located on the Inn grounds in an 1840s log cabin. The kitchen is open style so guest may watch their meals being prepared. During the peak season months of spring until late fall, we are open from 11:30am until 1:30pm for lunch. During the winter months, we are only open on Saturdays and Sundays on holiday weekends. Dinner reservations are required and available from 5:30pm until 8:45pm. Reconnect with yourself with a relaxing spa treatment in our unique destination spa. Plan your next corporate retreat and business meeting in the Gathering Place with WIFI and all your AV needs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn And Spa At Cedar Falls
- The Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls Hotel Logan
- The Inn & Spa At Cedar Falls Ohio/Logan